Halala to our first graduating class of Job Skills Programme Farmers!
In our communities, families typically own large plots of arable land. However, this land is mostly used for sustenance farming since most people do not have access to the support and skills necessary to grow a sustainable farming business. With a local unemployment rate of 93%, uncertainty for our community members to build dependable livelihoods deepens.
As a part of our Sustainable Livelihood Programme, the Bulungula Incubator aims to provide motivation and support so that more people use farming for local income-generating opportunities. Boosting agriculture entrepreneurship will create local jobs and lead to higher living standards in our rural areas.
In 2020, the Job Skills Programme at the Bulungula College partnered with Buhle Farming Academy to offer our piloted accredited course in Farming Entrepreneurial Business. The learners attended three months of theory education and practical training, and then planted and grew vegetable gardens on their own land. After successfully harvesting, the farmers were ready to get busy selling. Now, our farmers are equipped and ready to sustain their flourishing businesses.
We will continue to support our farmers in their business ventures, and aspire to someday source food for all of our projects and programmes from our local farmers. If you are stopping through our community, be sure to pick-up some locally grown goodies!